HERE maps for Android (Beta)

From HERE… HERE offers fast, accurate maps that are always ready to use, with or without an internet connection. Search for places, find routes and get turn-by-turn voice guidance wherever you are. Underground, on holiday, or even in the middle of nowhere: HERE just works, always.

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Features

  • Offline navigation: Interactive maps and turn-by-turn voice guidance are still available even without an internet connection.
  • Maps to download and to use offline for nearly 100 countries.
  • Public transport maps and directions for over 800 cities in over 40 countries, also when you’re offline.
  • Live traffic info for more than 40 countries.
  • Plan your journey on beta.here.com, then find your way there using your mobile.
  • Personalise your map by creating Collections of your favourite places.
  • Share your location with family and friends in real time as you go via Glympse. It’s private, secure and safe.

See http://here.com/beta/android/

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That awkward moment when Microsoft “borrows” the Ignite name

Ohmy, yep, that awkward moment when Microsoft rips… errrr adopts the Ignite name and brands their own event with it… pretty tacky Microsoft!

This via Twitter and Scott Berkun who shared with us details of this interesting Microsoft event… the problem though is that no doubt it will cause some confusion for many as they have branded the event with the popular prefix “Ignite”

 

 

Myself, I’m a huge fan of Ignite, having been introduced to the events by Brady Forrest and Andrew Hyde and am pleased that I’ve attended at least 20 Ignite events in places like San Fran, Fort Collins, Boulder CO, and a few other places I can’t quite recall!

Yep, Microsoft will hold Microsoft  Ignite but don’t expect any of the “Ignite” awesomeness that we’ve all come to expect from the O’reilly Media branded events… sigh… I’m pretty sure we might hear from Tim O’reilly about this one…

you can always learn about the real Ignite events at http://igniteshow.com/oreilly

 

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Hello Google Nexus 6 – Running Android 5.0 Lollipop

The following comes from Motorola: With Nexus 6, we’ve worked with Google to bring you a bigger phone with more everything. More screen. More speed. More power. And, it’s the best Android experience ever with:

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Infographic – INRIX Reveals The Hidden Cost of Gridlock on Our Roads

With drivers in our world’s worst traffic cities wasting more than 60 hours in traffic last year, the frustrating impact of traffic congestion on our time has been known for some time

The Hidden Cost of Gridlock on Our RoadsThe Hidden Cost of Gridlock on Our Roads

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A new Reward from the USGS for Crowd Sourcing Citizen Scientists

an update from the USGS on their crowd-sourcing efforts… The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) data volunteers continue to make significant additions to the USGS’s ability to provide accurate mapping information and data to the public. To reward those citizen scientists, TNM Corps has issued virtual badges to those participants that reach certain point (structure data submission) levels.

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TextBuster Text Blocking BlueTooth Device Wants to Save Lives!

Here’s something brilliant and perhaps an app that should be mandated by all motor vehicle insurance and licensing agencies! The TextBuster is fast and simple to install, works in any vehicle, prevents texting and mobile web access while the vehicle is moving while allowing incoming calls and GPS navigation functionality – nice idea!

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TextBuster® is a device that prevents drivers from accessing text, email and Internet functions while driving. It does not interfere with inbound and outbound calling. The firmware technology behind TextBuster® sends a blocking signal to the user’s phone automatically, every time the user enters the vehicle. Read More here

See demo video HERE

 

 

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To Hack or not to Hack – Why “Hackathon”?

The term “Hacker” has been somewhat abused by the media, such that many may now view it as a derogatory term.  It has often been used by media to describe criminals who infect systems and breach networks.

Hacker. Noun. “A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.” – The Jargon File

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Webinar – Sub-Meter GPS Accuracy on a Budget

Here’s a webinar of interest to those involved in field data collection and concerned about accuracy. The webinar from Juniper Systems takes place Thursday (today) at 11 AM MDT (10 Pacific)

In this webinar, Juniper Systems’ GIS experts will demonstrate how to:

  1. Easily collect field data using EZTag CE, an inexpensive GIS-mapping software packed with functionality
  2. Achieve sub-meter accuracy on collected data with a simple post-processing software called EZSurv
  3. Import & export existing data from your GIS, including custom attributes

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BlackBerry Passport Targets the Business User

I have to ask myself, what will the over/under be on the date when I see one of these in the wild?? Yep, BlackBerry is at it again with a new device for the business professional – enter the Passport.

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Multi-Point Video Conferencing Tools to Make Your Life Easier

Video conferencing can make life so much easier for you and your business, if you have the right tools. If you don’t have the right system in place, however, it can be frustrating, time consuming and expensive. Blue Jeans Multi-point video meetings are powered by cutting edge multi-point video conferencing tools, allowing you to connect with your clients whenever you want and wherever you are. If you’re thinking about using a video conferencing system for your business, here are some important tools that you shouldn’t be without.

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Prepare for iOS Sharing Overload as iPhone 6 land in the hands of customers

Selling out once again, the iPhone 6 is THE most expensive iPhone to date! Ughh.. here we are again, the dreaded iPhone delivery day. Yes indeed, today is the day that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus customers will start receiving their pre-ordered devices – prepare for a massive amount of Tweets, FB status updates and Instagram selfies from iPhone 6 toting fanatics who will quickly attempt to do everything they can in their power to sell you on the fact that this is THE most amazing and incredible mobile device ever!

This from Apple… with over four million in the first 24 hours, demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October. Continue reading

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Mapping the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail – 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT ) http://www.pcta.org/ is a treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington until reaching the Canadian border.

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